COVID-19 – Support for employers and businesses

Updated 18 May 2020

In these uncertain times we’ve pulled together some links that may be useful to local employers and businesses.

If you cannot find the information you need, please contact us at and we will do our best to help.

Government guidance on business support grant funding

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The finder tool on GOV.UK asks business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to complete, and they will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for.

FREE webinars to support businesses

Somerset Chamber of Commerce are offering free webinars to support businesses with issues relating to COVID:19.  The webinars are open to non-Chamber members, so please visit the Chamber of Commerce website to register your place.

HRMC are holding free webinars covering topics such as Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate scheme; Self-employment Income Support Scheme; Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; Running a business through the coronavirus pandemic.

Business support helpline

You can find details of help and support on the dedicated Business support helpline page on the Government’s website, you can also telephone: 0300 456 3565, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm for assistance.

Heart of the South West growth hub

The Heart of the South West growth hub website is the main source for local advice and guidance. It offers businesses assistance and can sign post to additional help available. Register with the Growth Hub to receive updates alternatively, email them or phone – 03456 047 047. There is also a support phone number for anyone self-employed available at 0300 456 3565.

Tax bill advice

The HMRC COVID-19 helpline number is 0800 0159 559,  and is available to support businesses and self-employed people who are worried about paying their tax bills due to Coronavirus.

Federation of Small Businesses

Specific advice to small businesses can be found on the Federation of Small Business website.

GeekingITsimple – advice on successfully operating your business from home

This local IT support company have created a dedicated page full of useful information, training, links and downloads to help your business through the next few months. Visit the Geeking IT simple website here.